Thanks to the hard work of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and our Democrat-led state legislature, New Mexico enacted laws on July 1 that focused on leveling the playing field for hard working families, expanding our economy, and investing in education. One month after a series of laws and regulations went into effect, New Mexican families are already seeing positive effects.
See how these laws are already improving the lives of hard working families, business owners, and teachers across New Mexico:
This past tax year, thousands of New Mexican families felt the brunt of the President’s tax law which penalized families with children by eliminating the dependent deduction for families with more than two dependents. This forced the burden of an unfair federal tax law onto the backs of New Mexico’s families. NM House Democrats led the charge to fix this problem and will now put $26 million back in the pockets of families with children. This fix will create a more equal and fair economy where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. While we cannot change the President’s unfair tax law, we can ensure that New Mexico’s tax system helps working families gain more financial security and prosperity.
The Hemp Manufacturing Act, signed into law this year by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, delegates specific roles to two state agencies – the Department of Agriculture (NMDA) and Environment Department (NMED) – to establish regulations for this growing industry. […] The bottom line: from plant to product, our agencies are working diligently to create effective rules that are protective of human health and conducive to expanding the state’s thriving economy. When New Mexicans purchase hemp-containing products from the shelves, they should feel confident in knowing that a team of dedicated state employees behind the scenes is ensuring their safety and quality.
“This year, a bill passed by the New Mexico Legislature authorized state agencies to regulate the hemp industry in the state. […] Three months later, Brad Lewis, a division director at the state Department of Agriculture, said the state is seeing the results. ‘We’ve seen commercial buildings that have been vacant for years now being repurposed for hemp,’ he said. ‘We’ve seen jobs open up for the production of hemp. We have seen millions of dollars flow into the state with hemp businesses.’”
A feature film, “Sierra Sisters The Hunt for Blackbeard’s Treasure,” produced by Spanish Broom Productions in association with Dream Catcher Productions, LLC, is being filmed through the end of July in Albuquerque, Los Lunas and Zia Pueblo.
“This is another great example of how a small independent film discovered that New Mexico has the locations, the crews and the economic incentives to help them succeed,” Christensen said. “New Mexico’s improved film incentives became law July 1, and we are seeing more and more interest as a result.”
There’s more than $10 million on the table for teachers-to-be.
The state Higher Education Department announced that scholarship funds will be available to colleges and universities, starting this fall semester.
The announcement follows Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signing House Bill 275, or the “Teacher Preparation Affordability Act,” which put the money aside for aspiring teachers, according to the Higher Education Department.
The New Mexico Higher Education Department has announced $10 million in new scholarship funds available for aspiring teachers who are studying at public colleges and universities in the state.
Lujan Grisham said in a statement, “We need to be reaching out to aspiring educators, and we need to be facilitating their study and increasing access to this essential field. When we build the next generation of New Mexico educators, we will have done a tremendous service for the next generation of New Mexico students.”
A long-sought set of reforms to the way New Mexico jailers and prison officials use solitary confinement kicked in July 1, barring the practice for certain populations and starting the clock on what civil rights advocates and lawmakers hope will lead to unprecedented transparency on the controversial practice in the state.
Similar reform efforts have failed several times before, including in 2017, when the Legislature passed a nearly identical measure that then-Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed.